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Is there any way to treat my depressed brother having low BP(other reports normal) ?

My brother in law , 30years, ht 169cms , wt 42kgs, very slim and weak.He is depressed. His B.P is very low 90/50. Blood Heamoglobin 14. Chest X-ray and E.C.G was normal. What is your opinion. My brother in law 30years, ht 169cms , wt 42kgs, very slim and weak.He is depressed. His B.P is very low 90/50. Blood Heamoglobin 14. Chest X-ray and E.C.G was normal. What is your opinion.
Tue, 10 Jan 2012
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Hi Ranganathan, Welcome to HealthcareMagic Forum.
Was he of the same build since you saw him or you feel has he lost weight recently? His BMI is 15.3 which means he is underweight secondary to Malnutrition which could be due to various factors as u said Depression. His Hemoglobin is also fine, may be he is not taking his food Properly due to some mental tension which is going on in his mind may be for months. You should be taking him to a Psychiatrist at the earliest if you feel he is depressed as he will need counseling and medications else you can take him to a Physician as he needs to be examined physically. Once the cause is cured his appetite will improve and he will start putting on weight and become well nourished.

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